InDesign CS5: Essentials

InDesign CS5: Essentials

$49.99

Total Run Time: 6.5 hrs

With Total Training for Adobe InDesign CS5 Essentials, you’ll learn all the key new features that are packed into this robust design and publishing tool.

Highlights

  1. Learn to create self-adjusting layouts using auto-fit and the gap tool
  2. Discover the MiniBridge to browse for, then drag and drop, images onto your layout, all from within InDesign
  3. See how to adjust the corners on an InDesign frame independently
  4. Learn to insert text and graphics into your InDesign layout
  5. Create text that spans or splits columns without creating new text frames

 

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Description

In this InDesign CS5: Essentials series, Adobe Certified Expert James Lockman teaches you the fundamental tools, tips and techniques you’ll need to create professionally designed layouts, text, tables and graphics. This training is just what you need to quickly take your skills to the next level when working with Adobe InDesign CS5.

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Course outline

Chapter 1: EXPLORING THE INTERFACE (30 min)

  1. Start Screen, Application Bar & Workspace Menu
  2. Panels, Application Frame & Tab View
  3. Using the Control Panel
  4. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus
  5. Enabling Tool Hints
  6. Customizing Workspaces
Chapter 2: CUSTOMIZING APPLICATION PREFERENCES (18 min)

  1. Setting General & Interface Preferences
  2. Setting Type & Composition Preferences
  3. Customizing Units, Grids & Guides
  4. Dictionary, Spelling, Autocorrect & Story Editor Display Preferences
  5. Display Performance & Appearance of Black
  6. Document Previews, File & Clipboard Handling
Chapter 3: WORKING WITH DOCUMENTS (28 min)

  1. Setting Up a New Document & Saving a Preset
  2. Differences Between Web & Print Documents
  3. Working with Templates
  4. Replacing Missing Fonts & Updating Links
  5. Using a Document Fonts Folder
  6. Converting Documents for CS4 Compatibility
Chapter 4: NAVIGATING & VIEWING DOCUMENTS (29 min)

  1. Navigating Pages & Layers
  2. Using the Pages Panel & the New Page Tool
  3. Finding & Editing Links in the Links Panel
  4. Zooming, Display Performance & Panning
  5. Changing View Modes & Presentation Mode
Chapter 5: MARGINS, COLUMNS, RULERS & GUIDES (28 min)

  1. Setting Up Units, Margins & Columns on a Page
  2. Using Rulers
  3. Working with Guides
  4. Using Smart Guides to Align & Place Objects
  5. Using Gridify
Chapter 6: ADDING TEXT TO YOUR LAYOUT (36 min)

  1. Adding & Formatting Text in a Frame
  2. Exploring Frame Types
  3. Creating Text on a Path
  4. Threading Text Frames
  5. Placing Text from a File
  6. Auto-Flowing Text
  7. Using Smart Text Reflow
Chapter 7: TEXT FORMATTING OPTIONS (29 min)

  1. Choosing Fonts
  2. Controlling Font Size & Leading
  3. Changing Text Color in the Swatches & Control Panels
  4. Adjusting Alignment, Tracking & Kerning
  5. Adjusting Columns within a Text Frame
  6. Using the Eyedropper Tool to Sample Attributes
  7. Finding & Replacing Fonts
  8. Adding Indents, Spacing & Hyphenation Control
  9. Creating Drop Caps
Chapter 8: FORMATTING TEXT USING STYLES (15 min)

  1. Creating Paragraph Styles
  2. Applying Styles
  3. Changing Styles
  4. Redefining Styles
  5. Importing Styles
Chapter 9: TABS, TABLES & LISTS (25 min)

  1. Formatting Text Using the Tab Panel
  2. Creating & Navigating Tables
  3. Selecting & Formatting Tables & Cells
  4. Saving Time with Table & Cell Styles
  5. Working with Bulleted & Numbered Lists
Chapter 10: WORKING WITH PLACED GRAPHICS (26 min)

  1. Exploring Mini Bridge
  2. Placing & Scaling Images
  3. Using the Free Transform, Position & Scale Tools
  4. Frame & Content Fitting Options
  5. Using the Gap Tool
  6. Using the Links Panel
Chapter 11: CREATING SHAPES & USING TEXT WRAP (19 min)

  1. Creating Shapes & Frames
  2. Customizing & Transforming Shapes
  3. Live Corner Effects
  4. Aligning & Distributing Shapes
  5. Applying Text Wrap
Chapter 12: WORKING WITH COLOR & SWATCHES (27 min)

  1. Creating Color Swatches
  2. Working with Gradients
  3. Using Transparency & Transparency Effects
  4. Using the Gradient Feather Tool
Chapter 13: USING LAYERS (22: min)

  1. Creating Layers
  2. Placing Content on Layers
  3. Naming Layers & Objects
  4. Moving Content between Layers & Grouping Layers
  5. Selecting, Locking & Managing Layers
Chapter 14: OBJECT STYLES (8 min)

  1. Creating Object Styles
  2. Applying Object Styles
  3. Redefining Object Styles
Chapter 15: PREFLIGHT, PRINT & PDF (22 min)

  1. Live Preflighting
  2. Packaging for Output
  3. Setting Up Print Options
  4. Printing a Booklet
  5. Exporting to Adobe PDF
  6. Credits

Presenter Info

James LockmanJames Lockman is the owner of James Lockman Consulting, a digital workflow consulting and training company. James holds a degree in physics and applied physics from Yale University, and has years of experience teaching high school and college physics. James joined Working Words & Graphics in 1995 to head its Digital Prepress division. Since then, he has become a technical resource for manufacturers, software vendors, printers, agencies and graphic designers worldwide. His long practical experience with PostScript and PDF workflows, coupled with his teaching skills, make a great fit for training technical subjects.

James is an Adobe Certified Creative Suite Master and Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Consultant. With customers ranging from large agencies to small boutique newspapers, his expertise in Acrobat and web-based collaboration make them more agile in today’s electronic document workflows. He is a frequent presenter at industry events and online for Adobe Systems. James is also a seasoned instructor. In the early 1990s, he taught physics at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and at Worcester Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts. He also taught Astronomy and Physics at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where he studied Physics and Electrical Engineering. On graphics subjects, he is the host of several Total Training series, including Total Training for Acrobat 9 Essentials and InDesign CS4 Essentials, and has more titles in the works.

James lives in Maine with his wife and three sons, and enjoys making maple syrup and playing the tuba.